We talked about it earlier this year— the legalization of Canadian cannabis. It seemed likely, without a doubt even. But we know how pot prohibition goes— things are not always as they seem. But this time by? It actually happened. On June 19th, Trudeau kept a promise to legalize cannabis for Canada. Their goal? To ‘protect our youth from the risks of cannabis while keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime’.
Canadian Cannabis: Bill C-45 Legalizes Country-Wide Canadian Cannabis
The bill first came about in the middle of last year, and from the start, it seemed that most people were on board. The focus? The children. They say it’s been too easy for kids to gain access to black market cannabis, and the criminals reap the benefit of it. So, what better way to cut off that access than to choke the black market out?
What does the bill cover?
After the bill faces formal approval, adults— 18 and up, will be able to have up to 30 grams of legal marijuana with them at any point in time. They will be able to grow up to four household plants, and cook with it as they please. In short, they pretty much legalized full personal use and access for every adult. But when it comes to purchasing, retailers will be regulated much like the dispensaries we’re familiar with. Meaning, it will be sold in a separate dwelling, specified for pot only.
Impaired driving laws
With the acceptance of personal use, also comes the implication of driving impaired. one measure they focused on was adding penalties for impaired driving. They are introducing roadside oral fluid screenings, and are measuring impairment by nanograms. The lowest, being a fine. The second, would be a ‘hybrid offense’. The third, a combination of cannabis and alcohol, a hybrid offense as well, but more severe. Those hybrid offenses mostly mean jail time, and fines.
A huge move for Canada
They’re ready for the financial gains, but are also approaching legalization with children in mind. By implementing many of the same regulations as they have on tobacco products, they hope to discourage youth. If this will work? Still up for debate, as now— many kids will not have to work as hard to obtain weed. But, with this change, is a new chance to see what works for them and what doesn’t. Canadian cannabis markets will undoubtedly boom, but will it help the children as they hope? For that part, we stay tuned…